What’s in a word ~ Responsibility

re⋅spon⋅si⋅bil⋅i⋅ty [this definition comes from Dictionary.com]

rɪˌspɒnsəˈbɪlɪti/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [ri-spon-suh-bil-i-tee]

–noun, plural -ties.

1. the state or fact of being responsible.

2. an instance of being responsible: The responsibility for this mess is yours!

3. a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible: the responsibilities of authority.

4. a person or thing for which one is responsible: A child is a responsibility to its parents.

5. reliability or dependability, esp. in meeting debts or payments.


6. on one’s own responsibility, on one’s own initiative or authority: He changed the order on his own responsibility.

1780–90; respons(ible) + -ibility

1. answerability, accountability.

PB180003 Responsibility is a very important word to me. I take this blog, what I say, what I do as an awesome responsibility. I recognize that some may develop an interest in a cycle I own, or comment on, or some product or accessory that I use. I do not use my blog as a bully-pulpit. I know that I am accountable for the content of this publication. Having lived 24 years as an U.S. Army Officer, I know and understand the implications of my words and my deeds.

I enjoy cycling, having begun at 5 years of age. I especially enjoy writing about and photographing, where I can, various aspects of the cycling experience. With that enthusiasm comes some who may be influenced by me. That is okay. I trust that at the end of the day, my words, my interest and enthusiasm have been well placed and I have not misguided anyone. I am deeply appreciative of my readers. I honor and respect you. I trust this blog is of value to the cycling community.

You may ask why these words? Well, two things—an exchange of words on a forum and a note today from an individual who has purchased a Catrike 700, influenced by me. I’ve gotten the same recently from individuals who purchased a RANS Stratus XP, and not long ago from a French rider who purchased a Velokraft VK2. I have also received comments on my RANS Citi Crank Forward. I just want to ensure you understand I accept responsibility and accountability for my words and understand the influence this blog can have. Folk this is my profession for now. I am a professional.

Okay, on to other blogging matters of interest…